PLANAF deploys H-6J in mine-laying, bombing drills in South China Sea

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

The People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force's (PLANAF's) Xi'an Aircraft Corporation H-6J long-range strategic bombers have been recently spotted carrying out sea mine-laying and bombing drills as part of a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea.

According to video footage released by the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on 3 December, several aircraft took off at night and arrived at the designated area in the South China Sea at dawn, where they practised laying sea mines and dropping bombs on targets located on islands and reefs.


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Chinese strategic bombers co-ordinate with Liaoning carrier group

by Akhil Kadidal

A Xian H-6J bomber of the People‘s Liberation Army (PLA) flies through the Miyako Strait on 18 May 2022. (Japan Ministry of Defense)

Chinese long-range strategic bombers have co-ordinated with the People‘s Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN‘s) Liaoning carrier group to conduct a series of drills in the Western Pacific.


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DARPA seeks predictive battlefield network capability

by Carlo Munoz

A DARPA schematic on how the MINC programme would improve on combat data management systems (DARPA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun prototype development of a new system to automate data flow and dissemination of combat information across myriad service-centric networks, regardless of domain.

The goal of the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) programme is to move US armed forces away from static or manually controlled battlefield data networks into ones that are managed according to the needs of a given mission or operation, according to DARPA documents released in 2021.


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‘Accumulation of errors and omission' led to ‘preventable' submarine Connecticut mishap, US Navy finds

by Michael Fabey

Planning and management miscues led to the October 2021 USS Connecticut mishap, US Navy investigators found. (US Navy)

An investigation report released on 23 May by the US Navy (USN) cites a series of planning and management issues aboard the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) that led to it striking a submerged object in October 2021 in the Pacific.


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